Sep 4, 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Paul Coulter

Baked Goods - Idioms

16. With 58-Across, "sweet" expression about consequences: YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR.
58. See 16-Across: CAKE AND EAT IT TOO.  You have to pick one.  Either or. 

22. With 48-Across, "sweet" expression about consequences: THAT'S THE WAY THE.
48. See 22-Across: COOKIE CRUMBLES.  Sometimes bad things happen, and there's nothing you could have done that would have have prevented it. 

36. Experiencing some "sweet" consequences: EATING HUMBLE PIE.  Having to admit that you were wrong, or that you couldn't back up your boasts.

Paul takes the cake today in providing us with an easy as pie early week puzzle that has three grid spanners, proving again that he's one smart cookie !   Nothing half baked here; the proof is in the pudding.


1. Sail supports: MASTs.

6. Forearm bone: ULNA.

10. Balls and strikes caller: UMP.

13. Off-the-cuff: AD LIB

14. What insomniacs count: SHEEP.  Never worked for me.

15. Slithery squeezer: BOA.

19. Courses for coll. credit: APs.  Advanced Placement courses. 

20. __ de cologne: EAU.

21. Defensive trenches: MOATs.

27. Forest floor growth: MOSS.

28. Funnyman Jay: LENO.

29. Supercharged engine, for short: TURBO.

32. Bit of gel: DAB.

33. Flock female: EWE.

41. Gym shirt: TEE.

42. Car nut: LUG.  Not an automobile aficionado, but these:

43. Be of use to: AVAIL.

44. Kind of butter used in moisturizers: SHEA.

46. Half up front?: HEMI.  Hemi won out over semi due to HULAS at 46D.  Saved my bacon.

54. Photographer Adams: ANSEL.

55. Yale student: ELI.

56. Soak (up), as sauce: SOP

63. Acapulco aunt: TIA.

64. Enjoys a novel: READS.

65. Songs for two: DUETs.

66. Bargain bin abbr.: IRR.  Irregular.

67. Thanksgiving side dish: YAMs.  I like them candied, as long as they are not cloyingly sweet.

68. Daisy variety: OXEYE.  Fine in your gardens,  but invasive in your pastures.


1. Poet Angelou: MAYA.

2. Take home from an animal shelter: ADOPT.

3. Partly melted snow: SLUSH.  Also, a type of fund in some circles.

4. Idiosyncrasy: TIC.

5. Entrepreneur-helping org.: SBA. Small Business Administration

6. "Yeah": UH-HUH.  No it isn't.  Yes it is.  Uh-uh.  Uh-huh. 

7. Pasture: LEA.   Paul, you got in EWE, SHEEP and LAMB and now Pasture/LEA.   Are you a part time shepherd or sheepherder ?   Or is this just a "sweet" consequence of coincidence in your fill today ?

8. Ariz. neighbor: NEV.

9. Theoretical primate: APEMAN.

10. WWII sea attacker: U-BOAT.  Unterseeboat - German for submarine, abbreviated and hyphenated to U-boat.

11. River delta area: MOUTH.

12. Break down grammatically: PARSE.

14. Sports figures: STATs. Statistics, not people.  Stats make it easy to compare player and team performance, but organizations are increasingly using analytics to get more meaningful information to aid in their decision making processes.

17. Loch with a legend: NESS

18. Up-and-down toy: YOYO.  My sister had a loving cat named Tinkerbell that had a Jacks ball that was her "Up-and-down toy."   In the early AM hours, Tinker would carry the ball up the stairs, and then push it down.  Then rumble down after it.  Then hide it when my dad got out of bed.  This went on multiple times until someone finally found the ball.   

23. Prefix with dextrous: AMBI.

24. Warner Bros. creation: TOON.

25. Jack of "Rio Lobo": ELAM.

26. Jack of "Dragnet": WEBB.  Played Sgt. Joe Friday.  Loved that show.  The opening, with dum-de-dum-dum sounds, was,  ''This is the city.  Los Angeles, California. I work here. I carry a badge. My name's Friday.  The story you are about to see is true; the names have been changed to protect the innocent."  Snopes fact checked and indicated that he never actually said, "Just the facts, ma'am." 

29. Vietnamese New Year: TET.

30. Abu Dhabi's federation: Abbr.: UAEUnited Arab Emirates.   "The Trucial States of the Persian Gulf coast granted the UK control of their defense and foreign affairs in 19th century treaties. In 1971, six of these states - Abu Dhabi, 'Ajman, Al Fujayrah, Ash Shariqah, Dubayy, and Umm al Qaywayn - merged to form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). They were joined in 1972 by Ra's al Khaymah." -  The World Factbook.

31. GPS suggestion: RTE. Route

32. Found really groovy: DUG.  Feeling groovy.

33. Antipollution org.: EPA. Environmental Protection Agency

34. Nintendo game console since 2006: WII.

35. Slithery swimmer: EEL.

37. Pure joy: GLEE.

38. '50s Red Scare gp.: HUACHouse Un-American Activities Committee.

39. Souvlaki meat: LAMB.  Souvlaki is an ancient Greek word meaning skewer.  I think of kebabs.

40. Bad to the bone: EVIL.

44. __-Ball: midway game: SKEE.

45. Two-time Oscar winner Swank: HILARY.

46. Luau dances: HULAs.

47. Discharge: EMIT.

48. Spiny desert bloomers: CACTI.

49. "We're live!" studio sign: ON AIR.

50. Liam's "Schindler's List" role: OSKAR.

51. Marshy grasses: REEDs.

52. Cosmetician Lauder: ESTEE.

53. Like a chimney sweep: SOOTY.

57. Sit for a picture: POSE.   I wonder if she was part of the family ?  Or just happened to be sitting there ?

59. Cultural funding org.: NEA. National Endowment for the Arts. 

60. Beaver's output: DAM. "Gee, Wally..."

61. Altar vow: I DO. Thought I DOs were "Words between partners" in Greg Johnson's Saturday stumper. Nope, it was ANDS. 

62. Prom rental: TUX. Tennessee Tuxedo didn't need to rent a tux.  Here shown with his friend Chumley, who went on to stardom on Pawn Stars.

The grid:


OwenKL said...

There was a LAMB, a EWE they'd cloned
Out on the LEA she would freely roam.
But she didn't look SHEEP-ish,
She didn't look ewe-ish,
So she wore a feminine EAU-de-cologne!

(Hey, some of my best friends are eweish!)

A lusty tar of a frigate's crew
Liked his women two by two!
Edie was over his ULNA inked,
Katherine where his elbow kinked,
So he had a Kate and Edith Tattoo!

An ornamental carp, once so HUMBLE
Became an environmental jumble.
He came to enjoy
Being ECO-KOI --

OwenKL said...

{B+, B-, B.}

Lemonade714 said...

Thank you, Paul and TTP, as the return to work looms for those of us still out there. I appreciate that you did not go off half-baked in this review with no waffling about the theme.

Nice to see the CSO to one of the Friday regular constructors (along with Paul) DAB - David Alfred Bywaters. I also like the creative clecho with the Jacks. I do not think I have ever seen the initialism HUAC before.

Oas said...

Thanks Paul and TTP.
Had to change a few to FIR.
Marsh became MOUTH, Semi became HEMI. Ops became APS.
Did not know WEBB or ELAM but they filled in with the crosses, ANSEL also unknown.
Fun workout .
Too warm and too dry but the fall colors are starting show. Hopefully the winds will be kind so as to give us extended time to enjoy the beauty of the fall foliage. Hope to make it to the east coast maybe this fall or next year to do some leaf peeping.

desper-otto said...

Good morning!

Easier than yesterday, even though I couldn't remember if it was an UMP or REF calling the balls and strikes. Zip, zip, done. Thanx, Paul and TTP (very punny! You, too, Lemonade.)

U-BOAT -- Watching Das Boot made me grateful that I was never a crewman on a German U-Boat.

YOYO -- TTP, that's why you're supposed to take the balls away from the cat.

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

We've been seeing a lot of Paul's offerings lately and they're always fun to solve. I thought this was a particularly fresh and smile-inducing theme. I'm not a sweets person but I did enjoy parsing the three different desserts with their idiomatic usage. My only w/o was Semi/Hemi. I enjoyed the Reads ~ Reeds crossing and immediately thought of PK with the Sheep counter C/A. Was fun to see Ness after yesterday's Nessie.

Thanks, Paul, for another enjoyable and entertaining solve and thanks, Tom, for your informative review; I especially enjoyed your "frosting on the cake" intro comments.

It was 94 yesterday, the hottest Labor Day in almost a century; 89 today, 90 Wednesday and, thankfully, cooler temps and lower humidity by Thursday. I, for one, will be glad to welcome fall and sweater weather!

Have a great day.

Abejo said...

Good morning, folks. Thank you, Paul Coulter, for a fine puzzle. Thank you, TTP, for a fine review.

Got through this easily. Did it last night while watching Perry Mason. Used cruciverb, which has been active lately, but you never know. . .

Theme was excellent. Long answers. I have always liked answers that were a saying or something that covered more than one line. You don't see that very often.

Always have liked Ansel Adams photography. Black and white. Great scenery.

Did not know HILARY, HUAC even though I remembered the spelled out version after coming here.

D-O: I read the book "Das Boot" a long time ago. Good book.

I just read "Relics" by R D Shah. A novel involving the Knights Templar. An outstanding story with lots of suspense and intrigue. Once I started I could not put it down.

Have to go out and guard the crossing. See you tomorrow.


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PK said...

Hi Y'all! Paul gave us our just desserts today. I snarfed them down in record time. Thanks. TTP, especially liked your yummy intro.

DNK: APS or HUAC. I had kids & grandkids who took APS but it didn't register today.

MOUTH: necessity in this puzzle to allow enjoyment of the goodies therein.

POSE picture: They made Grandma sit up there because she couldn't get her foot jacked up over her other knee like the rest of them. She's pouting.

LUG nuts, I knew. Husband bought a used cattle trailer once with good rubber all around. On our way to the Kansas City Stockyards with a full load of cattle, one wheel went flying off down a hill and bounced over a five-strand barbed wire fence. Luckily, it didn't come off the other side and hit busy holiday traffic. He realized later that someone had replaced one good tire with a bald tire after he bought the trailer and hadn't tightened the LUG nuts. The wheel flew off two hours into the trip. Very stressful situation: Two-lane highway, heavy traffic whizzing by, parked on the shoulder with 15 cows moving and stomping overhead, nasty stuff dripping through the boards, my husband scooted on his back under the trailer and chained up the empty axle to the undercarriage so we could go on with the dual wheels. I sat in the cab with our 3-yr-old son & prayed for no vehicle to plow into the back of us. Enjoy your hamburger folks. It isn't all fun to produce.

Anonymous said...

Did Monday's puzzle get switched with Tuesdays? Easier than yesterday. Nice puzzle and theme. Enjoyed this one.

Magilla Go-Rilla said...

I think this was more of a Monday puzzle. Just like Saliari found Mozart’s original scores: no erasures.

Madame Defarge said...

Good Morning.

PK, what a tale! I hope you've written an account of your many experiences. They are amazing, and you are a fine writer.

Thanks, Paul, for some Tuesday fun. I'm still working on paper and enjoying it so much more. I tried Swampcat's method this morning. Merci. Although this was fairly straight forward, I still hedged a bit. I wanted sedge for REEDS, stars for STATS, and so on.

My kids loved playing SKEE ball at the Arcade in York, Maine, when they were little. They also loved bowling with the candlestick pins. Have you tired that, Boomer? My husband's cousin thinks the demise of candlestick bowling in New England is something close to apocalyptic. He lives in Dracut Mass.

LUGS, eh? Haven't touched them in years. That's what roadside assistance is for. . . . By the way, unless you're hauling 15 head of cattle who need attention, best get WAY off the road whilst waiting for help.

TTP, that was another excellent explication. Your tale of Tinkerbell is hilarious. Very clever gal.

Have a lovely day. Hope all is well for those of you in Gordon's path.

Paul C. said...

TTK, I loved your puns in the summary, but as for being a smart cookie, I forgot this was running today until I opened the .puz file on the Cruciverb site to do the LAT as usual. This isn't the first time by far. Rich provides us with an advance schedule, which I then write down and promptly lose. Owen, I'd rate your stanzas, A, A, A. I particularly enjoyed your tribute to Dolly the sheep.

Looks like I was hungry again when I composed this one. As you might guess, I have a sweet tooth. My favorites are pecan pie, coconut pie, warm peach pie, well, any kind of pie, really. For birthdays, my family always gives me a birthday pie instead of a cake. Last night, I had rice pudding with cinnamon and raisins for desert. Store bought, but it brought back such nice memories of my grandmother, who used to make it.

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

One of the easiest in some time. The theme fill just rolled off the ball point. FIR; no searches needed.
OSKAR - Reminds me of the actor OSKAR Homulka who played a field marshal in the 1956 movie War and Piece.

Lemonade714 said...

PC thank you for stopping by again and providing more insight into your life. I had, being in Florida, Key Lime Pie for my birthday "cake." I also enjoy rice pudding made the way your grandmother made it.

Abejo, my latest project is reading all the ESG Perry Mason novels; I have made it into the ones published right after WWII. Raymond Birr is still the mental picture as I read. The challenge is there are 82 books, I think.

PK said...

Madam: Thank you for your kind words. Most of my tales went into a newspaper column and are saved in scrapbooks. I found out recently that only one of my 7 grandchildren knew I ever wrote for newspapers. I made a scrapbook for that grandson the first week of his life and he loves the stories. I also made a scrapbook of stories of my youngest son growing up for his bride. i don't know what happened to it. He was such an ornery little boy, I think he didn't want his four sons to read about his escapades. LOL!

SwampCat said...

Paul, thanks for the sweet treat. So much fun to work, but now I’m hungry! My favorite clue was Sports Figures because I wanted a person. Ya fooled me!

Lemonade, I also love Perry Mason. Maybe I’ll try to reread them now that you mentioned it.

Owen, all A’s !! The sheepish theme was wonderful.

It’s an ill wind that blows no good. Gordon has brought us cooler weather at last! Hope those in his path are okay.

Hahtoolah said...

Good Morning, TTP and friends. Hand up for thinking today's fare was easier then yesterday's puzzle. I loved the symmetry of today's theme answers, with the unifier sandwiched between the layers of the other sweet phrases.

My only unknown was Jack ELAM, but the perps easily completed his name.

Is the Loch NESS monster the word of the week?

PK, I love you stories. Please share more of them. Maybe you should publish your scrapbook full of stories.

It looks like Gordon has moved to the east. I hope those in its path are safe. As SwampCat noted, at least the temps are cooler.

QOD: Ever since I made tomorrow my favorite day, I’ve been uncomfortable looking back. ~ Paul Harvey (né Paul Harvey Aurandt; Sept. 4, 1918 ~ Feb. 28, 2009)

Husker Gary said...

-I loved Paul’s puzzle and visit, TTP’s write-up, and PK’s story
-Symmetric 14-letter and 15-letter fill for two phrases? Wow!
-More rain and cool weather today! No golf but, THAT’S THE WAY THE COOKIE CRUMBLES
-Sometimes the UMP might call this a strike
-Brown sugar is for sweet potatoes (YAMS) and oatmeal around here
-Our 4-yr anniversary of ADOPTING Lily is next week
-Idiosyncrasy – Have you ever noticed that when you fold your arms the person to whom you are speaking will often soon do the same thing?
-The most infamous PARSING in recent memory? (:04)
-AMBI - Mickey Mantle’s dad (Mutt Mantle) forced him to bat left AND right handed and it really paid off
-One scene of very EVIL actions made me walk out of Schindler’s List
-I enjoyed YouTube’s 50’s editions of Perry Mason but the 70’s version was horrible and died a rapid death

Xword solver said...

Paul C, enjoyed the heck out of this puzzle! For some reason the long answers came quickly to mind.
I don't know how you were able to fit these phrases so neatly into this gem.
The only clue I misread was "Lunch with a legend" LOL!
Hand up for pecan pie! My favorite.

CanadianEh! said...

Wow, what a sweet Tuesday CW. Thanks for the fun, Paul (thanks for dropping in) and TTP.
Thanks for explaining the origin of UBOAT. (Spitzboov would have known that!)
Once I saw how the theme worked, things filled in steadily. Clever construction.
I had not noted EWE, LAMB, LEA, SHEEP. I did note some rhyming - GLEE, LEA, SKEE,TEE.

Yes, Lemonade, I noticed the Jack clecho too and relied on perps for HUAC. I smiled at the NESS/Nessie repeat also, IM.
SBA was unknown too.
I started to enter EEL for slithery squeezer (BOAs squeeze!) but it was needed later for slithery swimmer.
Where are you located to see the fall foliage Oas (Muskoka)? No colours here yet.
LOL re MOUTH, PK. (and POSE picture). Thanks for the LUG story too.

We are still hot and humid but my Niagara peaches are ready to can so the AC will be working overtime.
Enjoy the day.

Picard said...

Fun smooth Tuesday ride and theme! Hand up let's forget about EVIL Monday and be grateful we are now back on track for the week!

A grad school friend and his mother say that YOU CAN'T EAT YOUR CAKE AND HAVE IT TOO makes more sense.

This is one of many sources claiming my friend is correct; this was the original form of the proverb.

Lemonade, Abejo, PK Surprised you did not know HUAC. It was one of the most infamously awful stains on our country's history and it happened in our lifetimes. CanadianEh you are forgiven for not knowing about it!

It was pronounced "Hew-Ack" and did great harm to some of our most creative citizens through the infamous "blacklist". People who were blacklisted were never told; they just could not find work. The 1976 movie "The Front" not only tells the story, but it stars many of those who had been blacklisted during the HUAC era.

PK Thank you for sharing the LUG NUT story. Wow. Beats our experience of having a blowout last year on a narrow, busy highway in the dark on our way to Oregon. We did call for help, but by the time they arrived I was just finishing tightening the LUG NUTs on the spare. No cows or cow poop.

Once again here I am in my dazzling light show BOA at one of our Bike Moves rides.

One of the highlights of this Labor Day weekend was a trip to Ventura for their Aloha Festival.

I am still editing my photos, but here is a sneak peak at some of my HULAS videos!

Hand up amused by NESS/NESSIE in two days. And amused by READS/READS crossing.

Have plenty of NEV and CACTI photos.

Misty said...

Wow! This will go down as one of my favorite puzzles of all time! Thank you, so much, Paul C., and great to have you stop by. I may have finished this in record time without any cheating or errors, and that's pretty amazing for me, given the long, split-up theme answers, which were, indeed, a yummy pleasure! Woohoo! Woohoo! A great way to start a day. And a delightful write-up, TTP. Especially nice to be reminded of that Simon and Garfunkle tune.

Like others, I had SEMI before HEMI, but I think that was my only erasure. I knew HUAC, but I don't think I've ever heard of SHEA butter--luckily, perps filled it in. Like Irish Miss, I too wanted EEL before realizing it had to be BOA, and then was delighted to have EEL pop up after all. Anyway, a sweet delight all around!

Have a great day, everybody.

Picard said...

From yesterday:
Jayce and others Glad you also do the right click trick to open links in a new tab or window.

OwenKL Great learning moment that clicking on a link with the center mouse button automatically opens the link in a new tab!

AnonT Thanks for the kind words about my NESSIE stories! If you Google "George Zug" and "Nessie" you will get stories of my SMITHSONIAN mentor's work. At one point he speculated NESSIE might be a fish. Yes, "Doc" Edgerton indeed was a wise man: Creating a new tool/toy to do research can be more important than the research itself!

He told me some other wisdom that I am not as sure about: He said if you want to simulate a complex process, the best simulation is to run that process!

D4E4H Glad that my link opening tip is working for you! Thanks for viewing my juggling video. There were quite a few in that article. And indeed it is cool that you can ask Mr Google and get the answer about ZIP Codes, state abbreviations and so much more!

Picard said...


Here is the correct link for my HULAS videos from this past weekend!


Wilbur Charles said...

Here's a clue for you

HoF Pirates 3rd sacker Traynor

Pie of course

Lucina said...

Nice one, Paul! Thank you.

My pencil flew and like others I had to erase SEMI for HEMI. Also I instantly filled THAT'S THE WAY THE BALL BOUNCES which was good for your kitty but didn't work in this puzzle.

I, too, love sweets and now enjoy them only vicariously; there were enough in this grid to sate my cravings if only on paper. Yet not only was there dessert, but meat as well.

ELAM and WEBB are two names I definitely know. Thanks for that, too, Paul.

I'll take a CSO at CACTI.

Like C Eh!, I started to use EEL then UBOAT bumped it to BOA and EEL came later.

My daughter loves ANSEL Adams' work and has a few of his prints.

PK, that's funny but I'm sure it was harrowing at the time. I shall enjoy my beef so much more with your experience in mind. And I agree with all, you should publish your stories! They are always entertaining including your style of writing.

Thank you, TTP. I also loved your cat story.

Have a safe, dry and happy day, everyone! I'm especially thinking of those in Gordon's way and those in the flood waters.

Paul C. said...

Thanks to all for the nice comments. About LAMB, SHEEP, EWE - no, I wasn't thinking of a main course. Occasionally, I do insert Easter eggs into the grid, say extra fruits in a fruit-themed puzzle, but more often fill just works out this way.

Forgot to mention, I have an audition for Jeopardy on Monday. I imagine many of you enjoy this show. Some of you probably take the on-line test each year, like me. Turns out, the numbers who do well are so high, there's only a small chance you'll be picked for an audition. So after about ten years of trying, I got an invitation. Wish me luck!

Spitzboov said...

Canadien Eh! - Wish you did not mention the Niagara peaches. They're among the things we miss the most after moving away from the Niagara Frontier. They do not sell them here in central NY.
Do the mushroom farms at St. Davids still exist? Back in the 70's we would cross the Lewiston-Queenston bridge during lunch hour for mushroom victualing.

Anonymous said...

Nice puzzle and one small note...gear heads will note a supercharger is not a turbo...turbo runs off exhaust gas and supercharger runs off of a drive belt...just saying

Lemonade714 said...

Paul there have been a few constructors who have appeared on Jeopardy as well as other knowledge based game show and they did very well. I am glad you mention how difficult the process is to actually get on the show, as I have been trying for years. My wife yells at me every night to go and make some money.

AnonymousPVX said...

This was quite the Tuesday breeze, not like Monday.

Absoulutely no issues, no mark overs at all.

I never fill in the first letter for a clue like 47A. I leave it _EMI, as it can be S, H or even D as it was in another puzzle today. I let crosses help on these.

Lemonade714 said...

Picard, I was young at the time of Joe McCarthy and his hearings and I was aware of some of what was going on, but never heard the term. We did not have a television when I was little so perhaps that is why I was unfamiliar with the term. I do agree it was an example of the worst in some of our elected officials. It also deprived the country of much from those deprived work.

Hahtoolah said...

Paul: Good luck with your Jeopardy! audition. I tried out a couple of years ago. I made it through the first 2 interview rounds, and was in the pool, but they selected someone else from my geographical area at the time. It was fun trying out, though.

Irish Miss said...

Paul C @ 12:50 ~ Thanks for dropping by and best of luck on the Jeopardy audition.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Ta -DA!
Paul C, good luck on your Jeopardy audition! It would be fun to see someone we know behind that podium.

Diagonal Report:
We have a 3-way today on the mirror side. The anchor line is mainly vowels, with only two consonants.

oc4beach said...

Paul C. - Good luck with the Jeopardy audition. I hope you make it. Please let us know if you do.

Good puzzle Paul and TTP's tour through the grid was enjoyable.

The Unabomber's use of the phrase "YOU CAN'T EAT YOUR CAKE AND HAVE IT TOO" as opposed to the more used "YOU CAN'T HAVE YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TO" was partially responsible in Jim Fitzgerald's (the FBI agent who helped solve the case) use of linguistics that helped track the Unabomber down. There was a Discovery Series that told the story of the Unabomber's capture that you can watch on-line. Interesting.

In the 90's again and will last for a day or two more before it rains and the temperature drops to the 60's. I'm not complaining though.

Have a great one everyone.

Wilbur Charles said...

Who'da thought"Just the facts" would become so contentious
I see I can read"Relics" on line. HBHG (circa 1980) sparked my interest in the knights Templar
Demise of candlestick? Why didn't you say "Wilbur, make sure you're sitting down...". Oh the memories*, oh the
I never thought"Big ball" as much fun as candlestick Humanity
Gordon was just one of another 20 storms we've had around Tampa Bay this Summer. Someone in Ruskin, nearer to the water, said there was fallen limbs
Among the many banes of baseball along with"Shifting" is the centerfield camera which encourages second guessing. They've just about ruined baseball in just five years of amateur, interference
And of course, the bane of all sports: Coaches
I see JACK Ryan is back in a TV series (Prime I think)
Picard, there's a book about the making of High Noon( an allegory of the HUAC ***)


*** You find the word

WikWak said...

Very enjoyable; that’s two days in a row now. Thanks, Paul (and good luck on the tryouts), and thanks akso to TTP (great kitty story!).

"Slithery squeezer"—I loved this clue. Hand up for instantly wanting EEL, but better sense prevailed right away.

I was a tad young to be paying much attention to current affairs during the HUAC times, but being an American history major in college soon fixed that. I do remember that Pogo (one of my all-time favorite comics) had a recurring theme then which I realized years later was a satirical take on those times. One of the Pogo books that I still remember collected all those strips; it was titled "The Jack Acid Society Black Book."

At one time I had every Perry Mason and every Cool and Lam book that Gardner ever wrote (in paperback). Unfortunately we had a major flood about 10 years ago which sent all 2,000+ of my books to the trash. Devastating. Now I’m slowly reacquiring them as e-books on my Kindle.

Have a great day, all!

D4E4H said...

Afternoon folks.

Our week is backwards. Monday's CW was by Mr. Paul Coulter today, Tuesday. It was a sweet romp that I FIR IN 14:51 min.. The "expression" clechos came easily, and gave many letters for the perps. Thank you sir for my fun.

Thanks TTP for the excellent review which I will turn to now.

67 A - Lynn can eat one or the other of Yams or Sweet Potatoes, I forget which. The take home message is that they are not the same tuber. Tuber or not tuber, that is the question.

7 D - Re your Baad joke, Paul is a border collie, the smartest cruciverbalistic canine.

Expect Young man Keith to see himself in the mirror.

OwenKL at 4:11 AM
- - Dolly is looking for her 10% on the first poem. She advises, "Don't hide your lamb under a peck."
- - Thanks for Too Edith and Kate.
- - Oh boy, a Koi!
- - They were each excellent.

Lemonade714 at 5:52 AM
- - At breakfast one of our residences exclaimed "Only 4 days this week!" I countered, "What happened to the other 3?"

Idioms for Idiots:
There's a method to my madness.
- - An assertion that, despite one's approach seeming random, there actually is structure to it.
- - In my case there's a madness to my method.


desper-otto said...

I learned how to swear from my father talking about the McCarthy HUAC hearings. McCarthy hailed from only 35 miles away, but dad was not a fan of Tail-gunner Joe.

Then there's the 64th note -- the hemidemisemiquaver.

Paul, good luck on your Jeopardy! interview.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Lemonade & desper-otto ~
I was in the student protest the first day that HUAC came to hold hearings at San Francisco's City Hall. (1959? '60?)
We didn't do much that first day. We waited out in the street in silence for a few hours. Around noon, the committee took a break and some came out on the balcony for a smoke. That's when we all lifted our arms in the Nazi salute and began shouting "Sieg Heil, Sieg Heil!"
They took it for a minute or so, then filed quickly back inside.

It was the next day, when I wasn't there, that students tried to storm the committee room and were hosed down the marble steps by SFFD and SFPD.
Many arrests ensued.


Misty said...

Paul C.,that would be fabulous if you made it and came on Jeopardy. My husband and I watched Jeopardy together faithfully until three days before I lost him, and he still answered the occasional clue. Watching it remains one of my favorite events of the day, and having you on it would be utterly fantastic! Let us know how it goes!

Wilbur Charles said...

Ironically, one of the HUAC lawyers was Bobby Kennedy. This from



Lucina said...

Paul, good luck on your audition! I truly wish you well and hope you make it. I watch every night and would love to see a familiar name there. It sounds like you would have a loud booster section in many homes.

Anonymous said...

D4E4H do you mean "residents" rather than "residences"?

Jayce said...

I liked this puzzle very much.

CanadianEh! said...

Paul, good luck on your Jeopardy! interview.

Spitzboov - At the risk of making you drool, I will tell you that the peaches are beautifully juicy and sweet this year with all the heat and irrigation. You could come for a visit but I'm not sure if you are allowed to take them back across the border.
I am not aware of a mushroom farm in St. Davids although there are others in the Niagara area and around the Burlington area also.

Picard - Thanks for not counting my Canadian disadvantage against me LOL. I was aware of that era but not all the committees and names. The stories from our fellow-bloggers are most illuminating.

billocohoes said...

Jack ELAM was a character actor in over 70 films and 40 TV series, famous for his mismatched eyes (stabbed in the left eye with a pencil in the Boy Scouts). Usually a villain early in his career, later moved to comedy spoofing himself.

Another annoyance in baseball is the overuse of analytics for "launch angle" and the exit speed of home runs.

Other things they never said - "You dirty rat" by James Cagney, "Judy, Judy, Judy" by Cary Grant, and "Why dontcha come up and see me sometime" by Mae West.

inanehiker said...

This was a fun puzzle - my only slip up was that I initially wanted to put the answer to 58 across into the slot for 48 across! o/w smooth sailing. Thanks TTP and Paul C!

Paul C- the Jeopardy auditions are a lot of fun! They break it down so there are only about 20+ people in the room at a time. You take another quiz and then you do some practice rounds with the buzzer in groups of 3. Only advice I can give is -they ask you to put 5 things down about yourself on a piece of paper - make them quirky, funny things about yourself or things that have happened to you. ( Kind of like what they talk about in the show to the contestants) They will discuss one of them with you in the practice round- be yourself, but be animated and like you are having fun. They make it fun- so it is not hard! They don't tell you if you have made it into the pool of ~2000 people they have at any time - just that if they haven't called you with in a year and a half you can try out again!

TTP said...

Good morning.

Paul, thanks for the insight. I was hesitant to add the proof in the pudding idiom, but Yorkshire pudding is baked, so I left it. Maybe not sweet, but baked, so it kinda sorta fits.

Irish Miss, good one. Didn't think about frosting on the cake, but it would have been nice to work that one in as well. Plus, waffling from Lemonade and just desserts from PK.

D-O, Tinker was a female :>), but my sister's outdoor cat was a big well fed male. He kept the mouse and chipmunk population in check.

Paul, good luck ! If it comes up, take Crossword Constructors for 500 ! Wait, I don't watch the program. Take it for whatever is max. You'll do well !

Wilbur Charles said...

Billocoes. I agree 100% on those noisome analytics.


Anonymous T said...

Hi All!

Thanks Paul for the tasty* Tuesday tasking, er, puzzle (lacking only the Mint Jelly :-)) and for stopping by the Corner. Good luck on the Jeopardy tryout; I didn't imagine the competition (after the testing) would be that stiff. Inanehiker's advice sounds sound - one thing they might really DiG about you: Crossword Constructor. And, a little-dig at Rich or Will (go w/ Will - he's more well-known from NPR, etc.) wouldn't hurt :-)

Thanks TTP for the expo. Enjoyed Simon & Garfunkel and being reminded of both Chumleys. I knew WEBB but not that he never said "Just the Facts."

WOs: STArS b/f STATS, SHAE, I put ON AIR in CACTI's squares [Perhaps, later tonight, I will have a rare (for me - never) double-bloom pic to share]
ESPs: HUAC, HILARY, and ELAM (thanks BillO for the pic - I've seen him before!)
Fav: I'm going w/ the stack of YOU, EAU, EWE

{B+, A [I was going w/ B- because I think 'smell' more apropos w/ EAU-de-cologne --- but then "some of my best friends..." LOL], A}

I knew what McCarthyism was but not HUAC. Thanks for the stories Lem, WC, OMK, Picard, and especially D-O; Nothing like learning the right way to curse :-)

That's one nutty LUG story PK. If nothing else, Grand could publish from his scrapbook "The antics of Grandma PK."

FLN: OKL, I assume, being lab-mice, white-bread... D'Oh, spell check didn't even help!

My Army Bro was about to start "big-talking" about his girl-friend(s) and DW, w/o missing a beat, "You mean AMBI and Dextrous?" :-)

Cheers, -T
*I've had a few servings of HUMBLE PIE at the Corner as of late :-)

Madame Defarge said...

Good Luck, Paul ,

On the topic of artistic commentary on McCartyism, we mustn't forget The Crucible by Arthur Miller, using the Salem Witch Trials.

Great reading on the blog tonight. Thanks, everyone.

Wilbur Charles said...

Spoiler alert: baseball talk follows

Well we had UMP today so that's my excuse for the following:

We have "This date in baseball" column which is my favorite reading especially today. 1916 Christy Mathewson and Mordecai* Brown arrange a mutual last game. CM becomes a Lieut and along with a certain Lt Cobb participates in a poison gas exercise in France that goes AWRY. Mathewson dies a few years later from complications.
I direct your attention to 1923,
1927, 28 and 1941.
Here's the Column
Note in 1923 the only player to strike out was Babe Ruth. And the Waners brothers homeruns were on the bounce.


Wilbur Charles said...

* That's Mordecai"Three Fingers" Brown

Wilbur Charles said...

Btw, you may want to catch the entry for 2011 complete with link


Wilbur Charles said...

Ok. Since -T is still out there here's a lug story I just hope it's not a repeat:

So I'm tooling around cape cod in my '65 Barracuda and I get a flat. Girl friend is there of course.

No prob. I have the four-way wrench and that lug doesn't wanna budge. Oh yeah?!!! I give the ol'Wilbur and presto, one lug broken off. Btw, Mr Stupidity was there in all his glory..

How many lugs can an idiot snap off before he realizes that Plymouth came up with the ingenious idea to have the driver side lugs tighten "Lefty"!!!*

WC in the ether

* THREE. Out of five I think. I limped home on two

PK said...

Paul: best wishes for a fun and successful Jeopardy audition. I watch most days and would love to see you. I answer a lot of the clues on the show and always feel good when I get some the contestants don't, but I would probably freeze up if I went on the show. I admire the courage of you, Hahtoolah & Inanehiker to try out.

Picard: I knew the House Unamerican Activities Committee and McCarthyism, but not HUAC abbreviation. I've read the history of the period. I see parallels to some of the things going on today.

TTP: I've been thinking about your ornery ball-playing cat all day and smiling.

Thank you all who had kind words about my lug nut story & writing. I've thought about doing a book with a collection of stories, but I don't seem to be able to stick with a project very long any more. As a post script to the story today, when we got to the Kansas City Stockyards, we watched the cattle run down the shoot into the slaughterhouse pen. My 3-yr-old son said, "But how will our cows get back home?" I felt like a traitor to our animals. I hated to tell that little boy the truth. I just said, "They aren't coming back to our farm. This is their new place." He was satisfied for then. A few years later he had to face the truth with his 4-H pigs.

Anonymous T said...

WC - this fool would have broken all 5 [but it's lefty-loose-y!]

PK - re: your last paragraph... As much as I hate the County Fair and The Rodeo (well, crowds and over-priced beer in general [except baseball!]), I'd always take the Girls so they got the idea of the circle-of-life and "that's your food."

Illinois Boy, -T